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Greville Janner: more alleged victims cleared to testify at sex abuse inquiry.

The independent inquiry examining sexual abuse claims against Greville Janner will hear testimony from a further six alleged victims, it was confirmed today.

Previously, the number of people understood to be alleging they had been sexually assaulted by the former Labour MP for Leicester West stood at 27.

However, the further six ‘complainants’ were granted core participant status by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, (IICSA).

Core participants will deliver their testimonies to the inquiry and be granted special rights, such as receiving documents, making legal submissions, suggesting questions and receiving advance notice of the inquiry’s report.

That means a total of 33 alleged victims will testify they were alleged by the Labour politician.

According to documents released by the IICSA today, most allege abuse took place when they were living in children’s homes.

Their lawyer said all six had contacted Leicestershire Police in the past but their allegations had not resulted in criminal charges against the politician.

The force and the Crown Prosecution Service were later criticised for not putting the politician on trial when he was alive and well.

The veteran Labour politician – who was accused of 22 sexual offences against boys between 1963 and 1988 – died, aged 87, shortly before Christmas.

His death ended the prospect of his alleged victims’ evidence ever being tested in a criminal court.

The veteran politician’s family says he was innocent of any wrongdoing.

The IICSA was created by the Government to ask whether efforts to try the former Labour MP for Leicester West for alleged child abuse when he was alive and well were “hindered or prevented” by public authorities.

The inquiry, which is conducting a number of separate investigations into alleged sexual abuse by people in positions of power, will issue a “finding of facts” report at its conclusion.

Leicestershire Police and the Crown Prosecution Service will be asked why the politician was not charged with offences against children when he was alive and well and what was known about his alleged sexual interest in children.

Leicestershire County Council, which was responsible for children’s home in which abuse allegedly took place, is also to be asked to account for its actions.

Liz Dux, specialist abuse lawyer at Slater and Gordon who represents 16 of Lord Janner’s alleged victims, including the six new complainants, said: “This is not a case of new alleged victims coming forward, but more those who have already made allegations of serious sexual assault wanting to have their evidence heard by the inquiry after suffering in silence and being ignored for so long.

“As a result we welcome them being made core participants.”

Earlier this month Professor Alexis Jay replaced New Zealander judge Justice Dame Lowell Goddard, who stood down from the post of chairman of the inquiry.

Prof Jay led the groundbreaking public inquiry which uncovered the sexual exploitation of 1,400 young women in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, between 1997 and 2013.
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